There are plenty of reasons why you might want to create a more concise wardrobe. Perhaps you’re downsizing where you live and have less space for storage. Many women are taking a bigger interest in sustainability and focusing on quality over quantity. Some have taken heed of the advice of Marie Kondo. Whatever your reasons for making your wardrobe more manageable, the process can help you define your style.
Neutral tones are the heart of most capsule wardrobes. White, black and grey can be worn on their own or combined for a sophisticated, classic look. Colour is easily added with accessories: handbags, shoes, scarves, costume jewellery, whatever takes your fancy really.
The first step to developing your own smaller but more functional wardrobe is evaluating what you already have. Pull it all out of the closet and check it out: does it still fit? Does it need any care (buttons replaced, the hem fixed)? When was the last time you wore it? What else does it go with?
What you’re aiming for, ideally, is between 30 and 50 pieces that you can wear everywhere. Good tailored pants, nice skirts, smart shirts and tops, one or two sophisticated jackets… Of course, there’s room for a dress or two you wear on a special occasion or a favourite red cardigan, but almost every piece you choose to keep should be able to be worn with nearly every other piece.
The aim, once you’ve completed your edit, is to live with it and see how it works. If there are still pieces you never wear, it’s time for you to say goodbye to them. By now, you should have established a guideline of what works for you: colours, shapes, styles. Which means you can selectively purchase beautifully made, stylish pieces that will slot into your aesthetic without your head being turned by garments that don’t.
All the pieces I create for the Hanna Edwards label are designed to be the sort of classic items you will wear from season to season and for years to come. All the fabrics have been created to my specifications so that they are beautiful to touch, while detailing offers a touch of individuality.
If you’re seeking out classic styles to add to your capsule wardrobe, I’d suggest going with one shirt that’s very simple and another that includes a touch of flair.
The French Riviera-style organic linen shirt in white whisper is a gorgeous shade that works with any skin tone. The mother-of-pearl buttons give it a touch of class, while the mandarin collar makes it easy to wear. Dress it up with tailored pants beneath a jacket or down with a denim skirt.
Add a special touch to an outfit when you team it with my limited-edition, black batiste and silk blend shirt with hand-crocheted lace insets in the sleeve.
We have a single employee who crochets each of the pieces to ensure consistency, and these are sewn into the shirt sleeves by hand. Again, this beautiful piece can be worn with almost anything and for many years to come. It’s perfect for adding personality to your capsule wardrobe.